Newly updated FDA resource designed to enhance supply chain food safety

Restaurant brands are getting help in ensuring food safety with their supply chain providers now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is launching a new section of the FDA Data Dashboard to help food importers and manufacturers/processors meet supply chain requirements under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act or FSMA.

The data dashboard, announced today, is designed to help those types of business more easily find compliance and enforcement information related to specific firms, according to an FDA announcement.

Three of the FSMA rules contain supply chain requirements, including the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule, Preventive Controls for Human Food rule and Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule.

The FDA said the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule requires importers to perform risk-based activities to verify suppliers are meeting applicable U.S. food safety standards. One such activity is an evaluation of a supplier's performance and the risk associated with the food, a process that includes evaluating a supplier's compliance with FDA regulations including whether a specific supplier is subject to an FDA warning letter, import alert, or other FDA compliance action related to food safety. 

The Preventive Controls rule requires manufacturers/processors to perform supplier approval if the ingredient supplied contains a hazard requiring a supply chain applied control. Supplier approval includes consideration of the supplier's compliance with food safety laws and regulations.

To help with the overall evaluation process, the FDA created an improved Supplier Evaluation Resources page to help importers and manufacturers/processors find relevant compliance and enforcement information for their own suppliers without having to search multiple data bases. That resource is now available as a new section in FDA's Data Dashboard. 

The Data Dashboard brings all the information from the Supplier Evaluation Resource page together, allowing importers and manufacturers/processors to search multiple data bases simultaneously for information on warning letters, import refusal, import alerts and other firm-specific information with one search.

The first FDA Data Dashboard was launched in 2014 to provide stakeholders with information on FDA's compliance, inspection and recall activities in an easy-to-read graphical format. The expansion of this platform is designed to make it easier to search when companies are trying to fulfill supply chain requirements under the FSMA rules. It's all designed to enhance U.S. food safety at all outlets, including restaurants.

Topics: Business Strategy and Profitability, Food Safety, Online / Mobile / Social

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